Many life-threatening diseases in animals can be prevented with regular examinations and vaccinations. Puppies and kittens should be seen regularly between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. They require repeated vaccines, fecal testing, and physical exams to detect any developing problems.
After these initial visits, they should be seen once a year for a routine visit until they become seniors (approximately 8 years for dogs, 10 for cats) at which time they should be seen every 6 months. Dogs and cats (unfortunately) age much quicker than people so their problems arise quicker as well. The sooner we diagnose a problem, the more options we have for treatment.
Heartworm preventative (for all dogs) and flea and tick protection for both cats and dogs is crucial to prevent many serious diseases and/or infestations. There are many options and we can help advise you on which one(s) are right for your animal.